The Company of Eight | Harriet Whitehorn | Review

“I am afraid I cannot name them all, but overall they were known as Mele’s Sword Fighters or the Company of Eight”





When Ravellous’s Circus Ship comes to Minaris, Cass is determined to audition despite her guardian Mrs Pott’s disapproval. But when her chance is snatched away from her, Cass refuses to give up. She sets out to follow the Circus Ship and the journey leads her into dangers that challenge even her adventurous spirit. Will she succeed in following her dream, or is her destiny something altogether different?


Firstly, I want to say thank you to Dark Room Tours and Stripes Publishing for giving me a copy of this book in preparation for my date on the bookstagram tour for the sequel “The Conspiracy of Magic”.

I had never heard of this author or book before being ask to take part in the tour. But after reading the synopsis and seeing the gorgeous cover I decided that this series is definitely something that I want to invest my time in. The Company of Eight did not disappoint.

The Company of Eight has everything that a child or the child within you could wish for. Pirates, Magicians and Circus Acts. There is that many different types of characters that it makes up for a fantastically exciting read. It is such a magical read that it will have you intrigued from start to finish, I promise that you will struggle to put it down. I devoured this in 2 hours because once I started I just needed to know what happened next. I could not put it down. A big contributing factor to this is the authors writing style, it is so atmospheric and really helps engage the author to the point where you are no longer sitting on your sofa reading the book but you are in the world that she has created.

I absolutely loved Cass as a main character. I love how she develops and the relationships that she forms on her journey. Some unexpected, some obvious. I love how she deals with everything that is thrown at her, and how she is the person she is despite what she has been through in her short life. She is such a strong independent female character and more characters like her need to be apparent in middle-grade books. Also, she wants to be a sword fighter. I want to be a sword fighter. Who doesn’t want to be a sword fighter? On the subject of characters Rit is an absolute sweetheart, I love him so much. I love Rit and Cass and how they eventually have each others backs. He is such a lovely character and he really warmed my heart during many points in this book.

The different islands had me intrigued, I want to visit each and every one of them please. Right now. I need Cass as my tour guide also, and my best friend? I really loved the Island of Women. No men allowed to live, apart from visit. All independent and living their lives to the best of their ability. Find me a woman that doesn’t want to live here. I’ll leave my husband now if you like. I also enjoyed the idea and concept behind The Company of Eight. I loved finding out little bits about it as the story progresses and it is something that I cannot wait to read more about as the series continues.

This book can be quite dark when it comes to middle-grade. There are scenes of violence and gore. There is talks about slavery as well as blackmail scenes. Are these inappropriate, I don’t think so. Would I let a child read this book? Most definitely. However just for parents to note that there are elements of this. Maybe more recognisable to those adult readers and not the children.

All in all I really enjoyed my time reading this book and I am looking forward to reading the sequel as I have heard that it is even better. I recommend that you pick this book up no matter how old you are or at what stage in life that you are.

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